I am an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University.
I study theoretical particle physics and theoretical astrophysics, with a particular interest in the nature of dark matter. This mysterious substance binds galaxies together through its gravitational interactions, but has yet to be detected directly. I work to improve our ability to detect dark matter in underground experiments, through its annihilation in the Universe today, and via direct production at the Large Hadron Collider. My research interests also include LHC phenomenology and theoretical physics beyond the Standard Model more generally.
My academic CV can be found here.
I was born in Massachusetts and grew up in Manchester Vermont. I majored in physics and mathematics at Kenyon College in Ohio. I then studied theoretical particle physics at University of California, Berkeley, obtaining my Ph.D. in 2008 advised by Hitoshi Murayama. After a brief period at the newly opened Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe in Tokyo, I had my first post-doctoral position as the du Bridge Postdoctoral Researcher in the theoretical physics group at the California Institute of Technology. Afterwards, I was the Schramm Fellow in Particle Astrophysics at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, before becoming first a research faculty member and then an assistant professor at Rutgers University.
You can find me on twitter as @physicsmatt.